Malcolm Arnold Celebration

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Sat 12th March 2022, 7:30pm - 10:00pm

St Saviour’s Church
Sandpit Lane
St Albans

Conductor: William Carslake
Soloist: Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

Arnold: Symphony No.5
Arnold: Clarinet Concerto No.2
Brahms: Symphony No.3

2021 was Malcolm Arnold’s centenary, but, as with so much, the pandemic delayed the celebration of his contribution to 20th century music. His Symphony No.5 is a remembrance of four of Arnold’s friends who died too young.

The Clarinet Concerto No.2 was written in 1974 for Benny Goodman, celebrating Arnold’s love of jazz, which the final movement clearly celebrates.

Johannes Brahms is held to be Beethoven’s successor in the development of the symphony; his magnificent 3rd symphony comprises 4 movements, linked by a common motto theme.

SASO thanks The Malcolm Arnold Trust for its generous support of tonight’s concert.